Jump to content
mighty

How Do You Even Get Close to 1.5 Smash Factor?

35 posts / 1491 viewsLast Reply

Recommended Posts

My swing speed is around 90 to 95 mph with the driver and I may get 130+ ball speed maybe 1 out of 100 times, and I'm using an illegal head that's supposed to have even higher smash factor than normal. How can the tour pros and some youtube golfers get near 1.5 smash factor every time when they are just using conforming heads? I just watched some Japanese golfer video bombing some drives that carried almost 300 yards, and his swings speed was around 128 mph, he never had one drive over 1.4 smash factor, average was around 1.35-1.39.       

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's plenty possible - hit the center of the club face.

And if a guy was hitting driver "almost 300" and his clubhead speed was 128 MPH… he was either mishitting the crap out of them, or some number somewhere was way off.

You can get 1.51 or 1.52 by hitting the ball toward the toe a little bit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Here's some data from a practice session I had in early March. (Which was the last time I was on a launch monitor) I was actually collecting some of this data because I was curious how different footwear impacted or didn't impact my drives. I'm certainly far from a tour quality driver of the golf ball, and although I certainly don't average 1.5 Smash Factor. I am able to approach 1.5 Smash Factor from time to time. Not so much while barefoot. Incidentally, this data was taken in pretty cold weather (45F) with some pretty gnarly range balls. I'm expecting hoping that with some warm weather and "real" golf balls the Smash Factor will improve just a bit. 

So, there are tons of drills out there to help improve your driver smash factor. Failing that, have you considered taking a lesson to 2? I'm sure a qualified pro (once social distancing requirements are lifted) would have very little trouble helping you improve your smash factor, if you told him/her that was your goal. 

image.png.65090fa227c5ca616bd870ae00eed351.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

1 hour ago, mighty said:

My swing speed is around 90 to 95 mph with the driver and I may get 130+ ball speed maybe 1 out of 100 times, and I'm using an illegal head that's supposed to have even higher smash factor than normal. How can the tour pros and some youtube golfers get near 1.5 smash factor every time when they are just using conforming heads? I just watched some Japanese golfer video bombing some drives that carried almost 300 yards, and his swings speed was around 128 mph, he never had one drive over 1.4 smash factor, average was around 1.35-1.39.       

BTW - What illegal head are you using? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

We had a Callaway Demo Day at our course. Set up with the Mavrik driver. I had never been on a monitor before. Swing speed was 86 to 88, hey, I'm 70 years old, but the guy running the monitor was impressed with the smash factor. On 8 out of 10 shots, my smash factor was between 1.47 to 1.49. He just said, I'm getting the maximum out of my swing speed. I really did like that driver.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I feel like most amateur golfers are in the high 1.3s aren't they? Honestly for me a good SF is like 1.43. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

3 hours ago, iacas said:

It's plenty possible - hit the center of the club face.

And if a guy was hitting driver "almost 300" and his clubhead speed was 128 MPH… he was either mishitting the crap out of them, or some number somewhere was way off.

You can get 1.51 or 1.52 by hitting the ball toward the toe a little bit.


Can that depend on the driver and it’s tech? I mean my highest recorded sf is 1,46. And I mean in about 50 driver shots you’d reckon I be able to hit at least one driver in the middle of the face?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

16 minutes ago, Killa said:

Can that depend on the driver and it’s tech? I mean my highest recorded sf is 1,46. And I mean in about 50 driver shots you’d reckon I be able to hit at least one driver in the middle of the face?

It has to be with a good spin loft and stuff, too. You can hit the driver in the exact sweet spot but if your face is 5° and your path is -15°, you're not getting 1.5.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

1 hour ago, iacas said:

It has to be with a good spin loft and stuff, too. You can hit the driver in the exact sweet spot but if your face is 5° and your path is -15°, you're not getting 1.5.

This would be an example, do you think this was just not on the sweetspot or what would be the reason? 

4E800E2A-BA2E-474D-B9E7-3A24E44BD987.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

You need three things.

a hammer, a nail, and a passing goose

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

39 minutes ago, Killa said:

This would be an example, do you think this was just not on the sweetspot or what would be the reason? 

1.46 is pretty good. You're only talking about 0.03 or so here, you know…

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

5 hours ago, mighty said:

 

 

I'm guessing it's a combo of the range balls and poor contact due to swinging out of his kicks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

1 hour ago, Killa said:

This would be an example, do you think this was just not on the sweetspot or what would be the reason? 

4E800E2A-BA2E-474D-B9E7-3A24E44BD987.png

1.46 is good.  I think your dynamic loft will play a factor here too.  If you're adding too much loft through the shot, and therefore more spin loft, you'll lose on smash factor too.  It's the same reason why lower lofted irons feel so good when you really cover them and smash them nice and low--lower loft and beter smash. 

You'll see guys like Rory and DJ hit up with forward shaft lean with driver to get that 1.48+ smash.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • TST Affiliates

    SuperSpeed
    TourStriker PlaneMate
    Golfer's Journal
    FlightScope Mevo
    Use the code "iacas" for 10% off Mevo
  • Posts

    • I have struggled with the flip as well, and similarly have tried many different swing thoughts and drills to fix it with little success. What has worked for me recently though is this: focusing on keeping my right (trail) wrist hinged from the top of my backswing, as long as possible through impact. I have found that the more specific the instruction, the easier it is for me to carry out the action. In this case, the instruction is simple and direct-  keep your right hand bent back as long as possible. When I tried focusing on a more abstract swing thought like "turn your hips" , I've had a much harder time executing the movement. This video from Eric Cogorno really helped hammer in the concept of keeping the trail wrist hinged:    Who knows if this will work the same wonders for you as it has for me, but it could be something worth considering. Good luck!
    • You know better. So do better. </toughlove>
    • Will keep at it. Obviously what I'm feeling ain't real.
    • Hello. I have Morton's neuroma in my right foot. I'm applying Ice hot with lidocaína and according to my doctor I have to wait for the next month to see any improvements or he has to do an injection. So does any one have experienced this ? Any advice for treatment or how to avoid this and other injuries? Thanks 
    • No width? C’mon Vishal. You can do this. No reason to have that right elbow bending that much. No reason for the club to go back anywhere near that far.
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Aldo Aitken
      Aldo Aitken
      (30 years old)
    2. Also Aitken
      Also Aitken
      (30 years old)
    3. CJK
      CJK
      (62 years old)
    4. Coffin-dodger
      Coffin-dodger
      (70 years old)
    5. Greg55
      Greg55
      (65 years old)

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.

The popup will be closed in 10 seconds...